Exercise and physical activity is not something that you just do extra in your life to get extra healthy. Rather, it’s something that’s absolutely necessary for normal function. We hope to make more people aware that exercise benefits the body in ways that go far beyond muscle tissue and burning fat.
We were meant to exercise quite a bit every day to survive, and now we’ve taken it away, and we’re actually causing dysfunction in our organs and body.
Exercise and Blood Sugar
Research has shown again and again how critical it is to health.
Inactivity is the foundational piece that has to be there for unwanted diseases to develop.
For example, healthy people who were walking at least 10,000 steps a day and asked them to walk less around 5,000 steps a day, about as much exercise as the average American gets.
The study participants looked like they were on their way to getting type 2 diabetes.
What we think is that when that level of activity continues for a prolonged period of time, disease begin to develop. In fact, a long-running study sponsored by the government, called the “Diabetes Prevention Program”, tested this. It split more than 3,000 overweight adults with pre-diabetes into three groups.
• The first group got a lot of help to eat better and exercise more, with a goal of 150 minutes a week.
• The second group took the drug metformin, which helps the body respond better to the hormone insulin.
• The third group took placebo pills.
Exercise and a healthy diet worked better than the pill. After 4 years, compared to the placebo group, the people who ate better and exercised cut their risk of getting diabetes by about twice as much as the group taking medication -- a 58% reduced risk of getting diabetes compared to 31% in the medication group.
Exercise and Fat
The effect of exercise on fat, specifically the layer of white fat that sits just under the skin.
Most people know that exercise burns fat. It’s the reason most people hit the treadmill in the first place.
And fat isn’t just a place we park extra calories.
“Exercise really makes fat healthier and burn more energy.”
Keep in mind that exercise shrinks the size of individual fat cells, and the cells develop more energy-producing parts called mitochondria.
That means that fat tissue is burning more calories, even at rest.
What we’ve realized is that fat isn’t simply storage. We see about 4,000 genes in fat tissue change with exercise. It’s not just that fat cells get smaller.